Crisis in the Middle East
These years of turmoil in the Middle East have brought to the surface the historical depths of
hostility between Jews and Arabs living in Israel and Palestine. The international public
continues to ask itself why, in spite of efforts towards peace beginning with Oslo Accords, the
"Holy Land" continues to be wracked by such despair and violence.
Some facts to be considered:
1 - Israel oppresses the Palestinian people in the territories occupied in 1967, when it
appropriated more than half of the West-Bank lands and built (against international law) more than 120 settlements, with a population of more than 300,000 people.
2 - Inside Israel, Arab-Palestinians (almost 20% of the population) are discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens. In general, they are mistreated by governmental institutions and are almost always treated as suspect by police and officials.
3. In this region, fanatic Jewish and Moslem fundamentalists claim exclusive ownership over sites that are holy for both religions.
on the other hand -
1 - The Jewish population is a tiny minority among the mostly Arab Moslem population of the Middle East.
2 - The existence of a non-Arab (moreover, a Jewish) State in the Middle-East, has never been tolerated by the majority of surrounding Arab nations.
3 - Israel has been boycotted since its establishment in 1948 by the intellectual elites of Arab countries, including Jordan and Egypt (countries that are at peace with Israel).
What are the common elements shared by all these facts? How can we understand and work towards changing these behaviors that stem from so much hatred? Finally, what can be done to insure a lasting peace? The answer is -
Education for tolerance, human rights, human dignity and equal justice in a multi-cultural
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